A Global Taste at Café de Boston

Posted October 4, 2013 by Jen Dorman in Downtown Crossing
Cafe de Boston sittting area

I love to travel, but my hectic schedule doesn’t allow me to get away as much as I’d like to. I recently discovered that taking a quick trip to a nearby cafe in downtown Boston satisfies my craving for foreign flavor: Café de Boston is home to fast, fresh cuisine with international flair.

Sick of eating lunch at my desk, I enjoyed a short walk to the cafe at noon. As I entered, I first noticed how large the space is. With open windows, neon yellow accents, and natural lighting, there is a clean and inviting look. I next observed the self-serve stations, “build-your-own” counters for salads and sandwiches, made-to-order crepe area, fresh pizza counter, array of baked goods, coffees, and smoothies, plus a frozen yogurt area.

Impressed with the diverse range of global cuisine, I had trouble deciding where to begin. Crunchy greens sounded refreshing, so I headed to the salad station. I had the option to select my own lettuce, two protein sources, endless toppings, and dressing. Topping choices range from Greek stuffed olives to Mandarin oranges. I called out many items, and they mixed it up for me in a big bowl. I grabbed a pita and a cold drink before I quickly found a table. In and out in a flash, I returned to my office feeling satisfied—all without leaving downtown Boston.

Select your own ingredients

Shake up your meal by selecting your own ingredients at Café de Boston. Photo credit: Jen Dorman.

In the morning, you can enjoy breakfast self-serve options, including scrambled eggs, steel-cut oatmeal, corned beef hash, home fries, and buttermilk pancakes, or a Mediterranean breakfast of feta, olives, Greek yogurt, homemade organic oat granola, muesli, and hard-boiled eggs. Freshly made omelets and breakfast sandwiches are also available. In fact, this is the only downtown to-go breakfast spot that prepares eggs fresh.

More than 100 items are made from scratch daily without chemicals or preservatives. They are made using all-natural, seasonal ingredients, many of which are organic. Nearly any dietary need or restriction can be accommodated with gluten-free, low-fat, vegetarian/vegan options clearly labeled.

French, Italian, and Turkish dishes are all to be found on the eclectic menu. The café’s bright and energizing open space is a great place to grab a bite at lunch. Takeout is also available, as is delivery for larger orders, making Café de Boston an attractive option for those feeding friends, family, or co-workers. Catering is available, too.

At 75 Federal Street, Café de Boston serves up breakfast from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and begins lunch shortly afterward until 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. If you’re hungry for more, you’ll be glad to know that this fall they will start offering baked goods as well as a coffee station and seating area in a new space. Right around the corner from their current location, they’ll occupy the former Souper Salad space at 75-101 Federal Street.



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